These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he who stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

-Thomas Paine, The Crisis

Spencer Butte
By Dwip September 3, 2018, 7:37 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In which yer humble may be seen atop Spencer Butte, which is one of those places you hear about all the time, being a local landmark and all, but I’d never actually been there until today when Devin, his dad, and I collectively shrugged and said “Eh, why not?”

It also turns out that it’s not called Spencer’s Butte, despite having heard it that way every single time it came up in conversation for 30-something years.

So let’s talk about that a bit. The hike, that is. Not the vagaries of colloquial language. We’ll get to that some other time. Or maybe we won’t. I’m a fickle author. We’ll definitely talk about that. Not now.

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Blew Away (live)
By Dwip August 27, 2018, 6:37 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So, one of these days we’re going to discuss my prolonged absence from this blog, and that day may come sooner rather than later. For the moment, however, I’m going to give you a concert review, somewhat in the style of days of yore.

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Titan Missile Museum
By Dwip December 14, 2016, 3:28 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Precisely a year ago, in honor of my 35th birthday, Dad and I took a trip over to the Titan Missile Museum in Sahuarita, AZ about 5 minutes from where my parents live. Therein you get a guided tour of a silo housing an LGM-25C Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile, part of the US nuclear deterrent from 1963 to 1987.

As you can see, there’s not much aboveground – that tan thing in the foreground there is the enclosure that seals off the top of the silo. Everything else is museum.

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Snow
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Zelda wants you to know that it’s snowing REALLY HARD right now. It’s very important to her. Also, if you’d let her outside to GO PLAY IN THE SNOW OMG OMG OMG that would be nice too.


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Sabino Canyon
By Dwip November 16, 2016, 5:20 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In December 2015, four days after I got out of the Army and flew down to my parents’ place in Arizona, they took me out to Sabino Canyon, just outside of Tucson. Despite it being December, it was fairly temperate in the 70s because of the arid climate. I got told to watch for rattlesnakes sunning themselves. In December.

Four days earlier, I was freezing my ass off waiting for a bus in Missouri. Yeah.

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